Tiny Camera Powers Itself And Other Devices

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Tiny Camera Powers Itself And Other Devices

The Internet of Things is making a pathway to exciting new technologies that transform daily life beyond the smartphone. It provides a wireless interconnected network that operates everyday devices. This new technology shows why battery life and component size is so important. A self-powered camera shows a promising possibility for the IoT.

A look at self-powered camera technology

A group of scientists from Columbia University developed the self-powered camera. The prototype could pave the way for future cameras. Such devices could charge themselves when capturing images. A self-charging camera would make separate chargers obsolete. The prototype uses photodiodes for each pixel and creates an electric current when exposed to ambient light.

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Every time the camera takes photos, the pixels switch between recording/reading the image and harvesting/charging energy modes Thi